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Men’s Leather Gloves: A Buyer’s Guide

Whether it is the missing piece in your wardrobe, or simply that your fingers have turned blue with cold far too many times, the men’s leather glove is an exceptionally versatile and practical piece of clothing. What follows is a handy – pun sadly intended – guide to picking the perfect item for your needs.

To begin with, you need to find something that visually appeals to you. While it may seem obvious to repeat, men’s leather gloves are an accessory, and therefore not essential. If you do not like how they look, or feel comfortable wearing them, you will find that more often than not they will get left at home, or forgotten. The best place to find the largest selection of gloves is on the internet, so have a good browse to find the one you like, keeping in mind the rest of the advice of this article.

Glove sizes thankfully range above and beyond the S,M,L – as you certainly don’t want to refute the old cliché with one that doesn’t fit well. On your dominant hand, measure round the lowest knuckle of your little finger to the flesh above the webbing of your thumb. Then convert into inches (multiply by 2.54) rounding up to the nearest half to provide you with your size.

The materials used are a key consideration: your hands are very rarely stationary, so buying poor quality leather will mean that they wear and fray exceptionally quickly. Moreover, your hands are certainly not simple shapes, which mean that there are a lot of seams where poor workmanship will easily let you down. Choosing the cheapest option you find is in fact a false economy.

• To avoid this problem, you should ensure that they are at least made from Nappa or Napa leather, as its namesake tanning process means that it is soft and supple.
• For those wishing to go that extra step Hairsheep leather is made from a sheep that has been bred to grow hair, not wool. It is particularly suited to men’s leather gloves as it is finer than other leathers, meaning it is soft, supple and less bulky, while still retaining the strength.
• Deerskin leather is naturally tougher than sheep or cow leather, while still being equally soft, luxurious and supple; it is therefore more expensive, but more durable than the previous types.
• Finally, peccary leather is the world’s finest leather for gloves. Sourced from a South American wild pig, it is simply the softest and strongest and most expensive – no need for any more adjectives.

Linings are also important when making men’s leather gloves. Aside from creating a significantly more luxurious experience by being incredibly comfortable on the human skin, there are practical aspects to choosing natural materials over synthetic. Consider that some are designed to keep the animal warm whilst it moves in the first place, and you can see why they are the better choice. Moreover, they are also breathable – preventing your hands from getting clammy, and this helps with regulating heat too.

• Wool is the cheapest option, but sadly the least useful. It is warm and hard wearing but certainly not as comfortable or flexible as other materials.
• Silk is the typical lining as it is the most versatile – it can be both cool and warm and is light and soft.
• Cashmere is much more adept for colder weather, and is far softer than the materials above.
• Rabbit fur is for those who want something gloriously luxurious and different, with heavy duty insulation.

With that in mind now we come to the issue of use – as this will dictate many other deciding factors when buying men’s leather gloves.

Driving gloves – designed to transmit the feel of the steering wheel to the hand, so must be a tight fit with no seams where the hands will contact the wheel. Ventilation on the knuckles and fingers and short cuffs also improve comfort and do not restrict movement. Don’t forget to decide whether these leather gloves are going to match your clothes or the car.

Winter gloves – aim to protect you from the elements; so the lining should be of soft, light and warm materials like cashmere or even rabbit fur for those who wish to have more of an edge. They will be worn with your overcoat, so your men’s leather gloves should aim to complement that.

Pure fashion piece – obviously the key issue is that it should match your outfit. Look for interesting and sympathetic buckle designs, or shades. Make a statement and assert your individualism: strongly with contrasting colours or types of leather; or subtly, by choosing a different lining or type of leather.

Dress gloves – really covers everything else. They should be versatile so that lends itself to a silk lining and plain styling. These are the workhorses, and require the best materials so that the quality speaks for itself both with the durability of the item and how it looks.

For a good place to start your search for men’s leather gloves or indeed, other luxury accessories, click on the link in the resource box.

Womens Wedding Rings: 15 Key Points You Must Know Before Purchasing

Womens Wedding Rings: 15 Key Points You Must Know Before Purchasing

Finding the essential information you need to know in order to wisely purchase a women’s wedding ring, particularly a gold women’s wedding ring, is not easy.
To start, what makes womens wedding rings actually a woman’s ring? Should the ring be white, or yellow gold, and either 14 karat or 18 karat? Plus, what about where the gold comes from? No one would want to wear a gold wedding band made from gold that funded conflict, or polluted a village’s river or entire watersheds with mercury.
Here, you’ll learn the real story. This article is perhaps the most comprehensive information on choosing a gold womens wedding ring you’ll find online. We’ll cover issues you probably have not even considered, including insider information on ethics and values that many jewelers would never reveal.
When you’re done reading, you’ll know the issues that will empower you to choose a women’s wedding bands that matches your real needs. We’ll start with the most basic question first: gender.

1. What Makes a Women’s Wedding Ring A Women’s Wedding Ring?

Here’s what you need to know: just about every decision in choosing a womens wedding bands is subjective. The simple answer is, if a woman chooses to wear a wedding ring, then it is a womens wedding ring.
It is not about money or even what precious metal you choose. It’s not about expense; it’s about meaning, today as it always has been.
Six thousand years ago, the first wedding rings exchanged by couples in Egypt, were made of braided hemp. Egyptologists report than when things got bad along the Nile, such as frogs falling from the sky or nasty spousal arguments, married couples would cut their rings, smoke them and mellow out.
These days, couples have other options for dealing with stress, and wedding rings are now made from a variety of metals and styles, not just braided hemp leaves.
Primarily, creating a collection of mens wedding rings and wedding rings for women are based upon two issues: width and style.

2. The Width Of a Woman’s Wedding Ring Gold

wedding bands for women are generally going to be narrower than a man’s ring. As women generally have smaller hands, it follows that they would have narrower widths.
Generally, womens wedding rings range between 2mm and 6mm. This is not an absolute rule of course, but rather what I’ve noticed selling women’s rings for the past twenty plus years. Apart from hand size and comfort, perhaps the most important consideration in context to the width of a womens wedding band is the engagement ring.

3. Wedding Ring Width Consideration When Choosing Bridal Ring Sets

If you’re going to wear a wedding ring and engagement ring at the same time, it is important to consider, from the beginning, how they will look together.
Are they going to be wide? Will the wedding ring easily spin around next to the engagement ring? Generally speaking, with most bridal ring sets, the two rings combined are preferably under a width of 8mm.

4. Styles Of Women’s Wedding Rings

Wedding rings are both intensely personal and public. Inwardly, they represent a ceremonial vow to oneself and one’s partner. Yet for many, couples unique wedding rings are also covenants within a broader community of family and friends.
All wedding rings even in their shape have innate symbolism. The circle itself represents wholeness, unity and relationship within the community who are all, “part of the circle.”
There are an infinite number of womens wedding rings styles, but we can break these into two broad classifications: classic and designer.

5. Classic Women’s Wedding Rings

For some women, the choice for a wedding ring is simple: a classic band. There’s a good chance that your parent wore this timeless style that are always loved for their timeless simplicity.
Yet, even in the traditional women’s wedding ring style range, there are many possible options. The surface of your wedding ring can be flat topped or dome topped. Widths can vary. The edges on the top surface of the ring can be rounded or squared off.
Also, you can consider variations of the classic womens wedding band style by adding grooves along the edges that add a bit of designer element.
No matter what classic womens wedding ring style you choose, it will be a powerful yet understated symbol of your commitment to you and your partner.

6. Designer Gold Women’s Wedding Rings

Moving beyond the traditional or classic wedding band category toward the designer classification opens infinite possibilities. The surface of a womens wedding band is actually a canvas upon which a jeweler can create a design.
The actual style of the wedding ring you choose can symbolize a particular quality or talismanic symbol. As for what the design is, your imagination is the only limit. But, to help get you started, we have some suggestions for you.
Perhaps you and your beloved stare into the night sky and wonder, what is beyond the beyond and where am I? You are entranced by the mystery of the stars and sky. The wedding ring inspired by Van Gogh’s starry night, might be the perfect choice.
Another idea: a womens wedding ring can also represent the nature of the partnership while simultaneously expressing cultural connections. With the Celtic arches wedding ring, the lines represent two paths that are woven together. The individual strands of the knots, in unity, arch up from earth to the heavens and then back down again in an endless wave of creativity, delight and (hopefully) harmony.
Another option: you and your love enjoy a good frolic…along the seaside. Then, dive into this ocean of love symbolized by the wind and waves design. You can also think about what images or designs you want and create a custom wedding ring

7. Concluding Thoughts of Style and Width with Gold Women’s Wedding Bands

The choice comes down to what is most important to you among a number of different factors, from style to width.
There are no fixed or hard rules.
For example, one of our most popular designs is the Medieval Ring, shown above, which is 11.5mm wide, inspired by curling motifs carved in stone in central Europe.
Some couples do not have matching wedding bands while others do. Again, what actually matters most is what feels best to both of you.
But if you do want to match, another way of doing so is with the color of the gold you choose.

8. What Is The Best Gold For Wedding Rings For Women?

We’ll start with the basics: 14 or 18 Karat or Caret?
The word caret originated with the ancient Greeks and is actually related to carob seeds, which are comparatively uniform in weight. “Caret” is a weight of measurement used for precious stones, while “karat” is a variation of the term caret and refers to the percentage of gold. Twenty-four “K” gold is pure (.999%) gold. A 14K ring is .585% gold and an 18K ring .75% gold. The balance is alloy, which we will discuss in point 10 below.
Understanding these issues are important when considering womens wedding rings. Here’s a bit of inside information as to why. Most jewelers will always recommend 18K womens wedding rings because the 18K gold ring is more profitable for them.
You’ll see, after reading this section, why sometimes a 14K womens wedding bands is our recommended choice, particularly in the case for white gold wedding rings.

9. The Advantage of 18K Gold Womens Wedding Rings

Here’s the real deal. Whether you should choose 18K or 14K depends upon personal preference, budget, the color of the gold and somewhat of your lifestyle.
The advantage of an 18K yellow gold wedding rings for women is that it is more gold in color. In other words, an 18K yellow gold has an illustrious warmth and radiant beauty because it is 75% gold than a 14K ring. If you’re drawn to the color of gold, then it makes sense to have a ring with more gold content.
Also, the higher karat gold in womens wedding rings has more cache, which matters to some people. Technically, “fine” jewelry is not 14K gold, but 18K gold and higher.

10. Advantages of Womens Wedding Bands that Are 14K Gold

A 14K gold wedding ring has less gold in it than an 18K gold wedding rings, that is true, but that actually turns out to be an advantage if you wanted a rose or white gold wedding rings. More alloy means less gold color and more room for a more intense rose or white color.
Two other advantages of 14K gold wedding rings for women over 18K gold wedding rings: more alloy content means that the gold wedding ring will be more durable and less expensive.
In other words, an 18K gold ring is softer than a 14K gold wedding ring because alloys are what makes the metal harder.
In context to rose gold wedding rings, the choice between a 14K and 18K womens rings is a matter of preference. The main alloy is copper. A 14K gold ring will have more of a copper tone, while an 18K rose gold wedding band will have more of a “goldish” copper tone.
Here’s another insider tip: with white gold wedding rings, the best choice is a 14K wedding ring. It is less expensive and has more white color than 18K white gold wedding rings.
There are issues with white gold wedding bands, however, that need to be considered in more detail.

11. White Gold Wedding Rings ForWomen

How white does your white gold wedding ring need to be is something of great concern to jewelers. A yellowness index as measured by a color spectrophotometer was developed by Gretag Munsel to answer just this question, shown above.
The whitest metals are naturally white metals, such as platinum. As the chart shows, white gold has a relatively broad range of white, from a snowy white to a beige.
White metal womens wedding rings are extremely popular, perhaps in part because they are a less expensive white metal than platinum. Before the recent popularity of palladium wedding rings, white gold was really the only white metal alternative.
To make white gold wedding rings look like platinum wedding rings, jewelers came up with rhodium plating. That way, they can sell you a more costly 18K white gold wedding ring by making it look like platinum.
Rhodium is a natural white metal in the platinum family and even today plating remains popular among jewelers but it is also controversial, as you’ll see in the opinions in this this article I posted several years back.
The problem, undoubtedly a bonus in most jewelers’ eyes, with plating, is that it will wear off after only a few short years. So, you’ll have to go back to your jeweler. You probably do not want to fix your wedding ring periodically like a car or a lawnmower. We believe a wedding ring should be hassle free.
But the question is; will your white gold wedding ring be “white enough”? In fifteen years of selling white gold wedding bands online and in our store, both in 14K and 18K, we have never had a ring returned because it was not “white enough”.
Therefore, we always recommend white gold wedding rings with made of 14K gold over 18K.
If you are highly considering white gold, however, take a look at this article which compares white metal used in wedding rings.

12. The Making of A White Gold Women’s Wedding Ring

Many jewelers will not even raise this subject, but we feel it is important to consider how a ring is made.
There are two options: rings are either mass produced through machinery, or studio made by artisans, and we will cover both briefly.

13. CADCAM and Die Striking of Womens Wedding Bands

If you go into a big box or chain jewelry store, it is likely that you’ll see highly mass produced women’s wedding rings that are machine made.
Most jewelry, not including ours, today is made through CADCAM processes through which a ring is drawn up on a computer screen, emailed to a modeling machine and reproduced through mass casting processes.
The secondary method, common particularly with plain wedding bands, is die striking. One piece of steel strikes metal into a form with 50 tones of pressure to create wedding rings.
Except for the material, these soullessly efficient manufacturing processes are not a lot different from how someone might create plastic cups, car parts or cheap pots and pans.
Obviously, you can see my bias. But, alas! All is well, because you have a choice.

14. Handmade Gold Womens Wedding Rings

There is a special alchemy that takes place between an artist, the gold and the pure blue flame. The love of craft is infused into the ring itself, which becomes a kind of…remarkable offering. Your ring can be made by someone who has dedicated their lifetime to achieve a level of mastery in their trade.
For example, this Arroyo Luminoso wedding ring was created by Michelangelo Stanchi, a jeweler from a multigenerational line of jewelers from Italy, carves his rings from wax. From the wax, a mold is then created to cast his rings. From there, the stones are handset and the ring is polished to sheer perfection.
Besides wax carving, some jewelers, such as those at my company, work primarily with sheet metal and wire as design elements to hand make wedding rings. We are part of a long line of a Southwestern jewelry tradition that has literally been passed down from the Spanish Conquistadors who settled in our area over five hundred years ago.
Our beautiful two tone wedding rings hand made with fused sheets of yellow and white gold are extremely difficult to create. Metal is shaped, formed and soldered together seamlessly by jewelers who have spent decades mastering their craft.
I also want to mention that handmade wedding rings need not be too expensive. This gold over silver flores design is a lovely womens wedding ring for $425.
But where does the gold in these rings come from? This question brings us to our final, and in many regards, one of the most important considerations.

15. The Ethics of Gold Womens Wedding Rings

With dirty gold and blood diamonds in the news over the past decade, jewelers have rushed to become more ethical in their practices. One of the main changes we are seeing is the use 100% recycled gold. Without question, using 100% recycled gold to make wedding rings is better than utilizing gold from massive industrial mining operations.
Yet, creating wedding rings out of recycled gold does not reduce child slave labor, the ruining of ecosystems, or the heavy use of mercury associated with gold mining. Instead, it merely avoids these issues.
There is, however, a solution: Fairtrade gold womens wedding rings. (If you want a more detailed explanation as to why Fairtrade gold is better than recycled gold, read my companion article, 15 Reasons Why You Should Buy Fair Trade Gold Jewelry Over Recycled Jewelry.)
What you need to know now is that there are two types of gold mining: large-scale mines, which are about the politics of greed and small-scale mines, which are about the politics of bread.
Small-scale artisan miners produce about 15% of the total world’s gold supply. Yet these miners are 90% of the worlds gold mining labor and their lives are characterized by exploitation and poverty. They mine to survive.
You can support an international movement to improve the lives of these miners when you have your wedding ring made with Fairtrade gold. It is the best chance these miners have to work their way into a much better life through safe and responsible mining processes.
Best of all, the entire system, from miners to jewelers, is independently audited through Fairtrade gold certification, a set of benchmarks created by Fairtrade International. So, if you really want the symbolic meaning of your ring to match the sourcing of your wedding ring, then there is only one choice: have your wedding ring handmade with Fairtrade gold.

The history of long johns, the ultimate thermal underwear-00-4233

Long johns have never really been cool as such, but in recent years they have started to develop a certain kitsch cult like status in recent years. Long johns are long thermal underwear in with two parts, a top and bottoms, however, a lot of people confuse long johns with the union suits, which are all in one thermal suits.

The production of long johns can be traced back to Matlock in Derbyshire in the late 19th Century where they are believed to have originated. Long johns were first manufactured at John Smedley’s Lea Mills, although they are thought to have been named after boxer John Sullivan, who was reputed to wear a similar outfit to long johns when he fought in the ring. John Lawrence Sullivan, AKA Boston Strong Boy, is generally recognised as the last heavyweight champion of bare knuckle boxing under the London Prize Ring rules. He was also the first heavyweight champion of gloved boxing, a title he held for some 11 years, between 1881 and 1892. However, perhaps the best stat about the long johns’ supposed namesake is that he’d already won 450 fights before challenging anyone from the whole of America to fight him for the once princely sum of $500.

While John L. Sullivan is widely credited as the namesake of the thermal underwear, there is no conclusive evidence to support this. In fact, an adjustable set of thermal underwear is attributed to Stanfield’s Ltd of Nova Scotia. Frank Stanfield patented the underwear in 1915, but earlier in 1898, Frank and his brother John developed Stanfield’s Unshrikable Underwear, so who knows, maybe that had some part to play in the name long johns.

Obviously, thermal underwear predates all of this by a significant margin. For example, the union suit dates back to the mid 19th Century as an alternative to constrictive under garments for women during the United States of America’s clothing reform movement. The first patent for the union suit was placed in 1868, but it didn’t take long for the underwear to become popular with men also. Perhaps the funniest aspect of the union suit is the buttoned up rear flap at the back, which went by the name “access hatch”, amongst many others.

Long johns and other thermal underwear, like the union suit, have been made out of a large number of different materials over the years. In the United States this has ranged from cotton and linen originally to cotton-polyester blends and polypropylene in more modern garments. In Europe, manufacturers favoured wool blends for their long johns, but again more synthetic materials like polyester have also been incorporated into the production process as advancements have been made.

Long johns are regarded with some comedic derision in modern underwear terms. They are the butt of many jokes and are predominantly thought of as being old fashioned and countrified. However, in winter sports circles and colder climes, long johns and their modern day thermal underwear alternatives are still quite popular. When you’re cold, it doesn’t seem to matter what you’ve got on under your clothes to keep you warm. Additionally, it could also be argued that long johns have developed to a certain kitsch appeal that has grown out of the very comedy and rural charms that had initially provided derision for them.

Less Known Facts about Wool Socks

When buying socks, most people go with cotton. Why? Cotton socks are inexpensive, give a good feeling on your legs and look suitable for daily use. However, cotton and synthetic socks should not be the only option in your clothing and there are several reasons. One of them is obviously health as keeping your legs warm, clean and free from bacteria make you overall more healthy, prevent coronary decease, cold etc. An often overlooked in the modern age, high quality fiber for your socks is wool. Wool has some amazing features which are very important for socks. This option is of completely natural and durable material.

1. Wool Socks Discourage Point Odor: Exactly. Wool socks support foot odor prevention. Foot odor is caused by microorganisms that grow in humid and heated conditions. Cotton and synthetic socks give them ideal conditions. Wool socks control the temperature on your foot, and make every temperature change gradual. That combined with more air flow in wool socks prevents overgrowth of microorganisms and prevents smelly feet.

2. Wool Socks Conserve The Temperature of Your Legs: With wool socks you feel a comfort of having your feet temperature the same in the winter and in the summer. Wool cools you in the summer and keeps you warm in the winter. That’s the godsend feature sheep needed to have. It’s a perfect natural air-conditioner.

3. Wool Socks Absorbs Moisture: Wool breathes, so it is able to successfully regulate moisture. This means that wool socks will help keep your feet dry.

4. Wool Keep Your Feet Warm EVEN WHEN THEY’RE WET. You cannot compare this feature with any other fiber. Cotton socks not only provoke more fluid on your feet than wool socks but when they get wet you’re going to freeze and get blisters. With wool socks, especially modern fibers like smartwool, your feet are safe even if you spend a lot of time outdoors.

Nothing beats the wool socks for activities such hiking, biking and most of the winter sports. You must use them for any kind of travel in the winter. But you should use them at home as well. When you’re sitting at home with no pressure on your foot, having the stable temperature on your feet prevents the coronary deceases.

Different Grades of Replica Handbags

Grades of Replica Handbags.
A high quality replica is an exact imitation of the original authentic one. It looks much realer than the general counterfeit, even people cannot tell if it is a fake or not if without careful check. Due to its low price and practical usage, more and more people tend to buy a high quality replica instead of the original one. While, do you know how many different grades the replica have? Here I would share my knowledge based on my experience in the replica industry.

* Grade B/AB

It should be the poorest replica item. The only part that is similar to the original item is probably the logo. A Grade B/AB replica handbag features low price, and is mostly found on street markets, You can tell it is a counterfeit just by a casual glance. Materials used for a Grade B/AB replica handbag should be fabrics of lowest quality, accessories of lowest quality, hardware and handcraft of lowest quality as well.

* Grade A

It can be said that Grade A replicas are of medium quality, which are more elegant in texture and softer to the touch than Grade B/AB replicas. The leather used and the sewing techniques are just so-so, and the package is slightly more attractive than Grade B/AB replicas. The overall quality is all right, though won’t be worn out after some time’s usage, the leather won’t turn into the color of beeswax with time goes by like a genuine handbag does. Materials used for a Grade A replica handbag include: common fabrics, accessories using split leather, hardware of so-so quality and fair handcraft.

* Grade A+

Grade A+ replicas are also called Grade AA replicas, of better-than-average quality. The texture is fairly nice, so are the handcrafts and details. The entire handbag feels up-market. Materials used for a Grade A+ replica handbag include: solid fabrics, accessories using top layer leather whose color won’t change with time, hardware of common quality.

* Grade AAA

Replica handbags belong to this grade are made of imported cow leather whose color will turn into the color of beeswax after used for some time or wet. They are sophisticatedly made: patterns and sizes need to be checked carefully, look almost like the original ones. Replica handbags of this grade are quite popular among the public because of their reasonable prices and good quality. Materials used include: top quality solid fabrics, accessories using imported leather and hardware.

* 1:1

Replica handbags belong to this grade are made of imported cow leather whose color will turn into the color of beeswax after used for some time or when wet. The patterns and sizes need to be checked carefully since they are sophisticatedly made and look as if they are original ones. Every handbag of this grade is strictly made, making sure they look the same with the genuine handbag. The major difference from a 1:1 replica handbag is in the handcrafts, which is sophisticated still. Every detail has been paid special attention to and the execution is even nicer than the original handbag (because most of the original ones are handmade, and replicas are done by machines, so there is no wonder). Due to the complicated craftwork required, replicas of this grade are not mass-produced, and thus their price is comparatively high. But I suggest you buy these replicas rather than the original. You see, it features so delicate craftmanship just like the authentic, even an expert in handbags can tell them apart. But 1:1 Items are very scarcity, people only can find it in some secret shop or online retailers, such as ExactHandbag.com

The highest level of replica handbags enjoys the advantages of reasonable price, elegant in texture, exquisite workmanship and high cost performance, and thus is the best choice for those who can’t afford the genuine but long for genuine quality.

Tateossian Watches

Tateossian has built a reputation as one of the world’s leading jewellery and accessories brands. The company was established in London in 1990 by Robert Tateossian, whose own international lifestyle and keen sense of aesthetics is at the heart of the company‘s success. Today, Tateossian is an international company of 50 employees with showrooms in London and New York. The brand sells in 45 countries around the world within the most prestigious, fashionable boutiques and department stores.

Tateossian Watches

The Tateossian watch collection offers a wide range of timepieces featuring multifunctional, dual time zone and chronograph dials. All watches are stainless steel, water resistant and available in various colours of genuine leather and stingray leather straps. All the watches use high quality Swiss or Japanese movements.

All Tateossian watches have stunning, deluxe packaging which appeals to the discerning customer. Bitter chocolate bags and boxes are highlighted with crisp turquoise accents, creating a fine watch and jewellery feel for even the most affordable items purchased.

This season’s best seller is the Tateossian WAT0462 Gulliver gents watch. Like all Tateossian watches within the gents collection the WAT0462 creates a very modern and sophisticated look, very distinctive of Tate Ossian’s contemporary style. The WAT0462 watch has a Citizen Miyota Japanese quartz movement and features a second’s sub dial. The black Italian leather strap completes the look of this watch together with the stainless steel case.

Tateossian Jewellery

Tateossian jewellery is a luxury product with a unique design ethos. The seasonal collections for both men and women have a distinctive signature, constantly reflecting and reinterpreting trends in fashion. This approach has made Tateossian the destination for men and women who are totally confident with their own sense of style, and choose key pieces each season to reflect and underscore their individual sensibility and approach to fashion.

Tateossian designs are contemporary but distinctive using innovative materials including semi-precious stones, pearls, fibre optic glass or made with Crystallised Swarovski Elements. These materials are mixed and paired in unique combinations. All Tateossian products are exquisitely and individually hand-crafted, with an uncompromising level of quality that the discerning Tateossian customer has come to expect from this international luxury brand.

This season’s jewellery best seller is the Tateossian BTS4137 Gambling Mechanical Roulette Cufflinks. The Gambling Mechanical Roulette Cufflinks are modern and unique, making them the perfect fashion accessory to compliment a stylish and sophisticated look. The cufflinks feature a Gaming Roulette mechanism with spinning ball and torpedo-fitting ends.

Official stockists in London include Peter Burrowes, a London based contemporary Jeweller based on Edgware Road and online at www.PeterBurrowes.co.uk. The company is renowned for its enviable selection of fashionable jewellery and watches. Peter Burrowes was founded in the 1930’s by the Russian watchmaker, Julian Lewis. His principles and family run ethos continue to shape the firm more than seventy years later.

At Peter Burrows they sell a wide range leading fashion watch and jewellery brands including Gucci, Tissot, Guess, DKNY, Emporio Armani, Calvin Klein, Chanel and Burberry.

Since You Need A Green Light

Truth is subjective. If there is one word of advice I would leave to my children it would be, you’re better off being DIFFERENT. If the majority of people are doing something and you choose to be a part of it then you’re probably on a fast track to self-destruction. In my quarter century of time on this earth, I’ve had the opportunity to observe disturbing changes in the mentality of the people. Should I cast blame on the media? Obama? Conspiracy theories? No, I blame you.

One of these disturbing changes I mentioned is the fact that my fellow oxygen users allow themselves to be fooled so easily. It’s almost as if no one can think on their own anymore. We let trends dictate how we dress, talk and interact. Where I’m from, in the 90’s you couldn’t be caught dead with tight pants (unless you were Caucasian). Now, a couple of rap artist wear “skinny jeans” and it’s okay? Now I’m not saying that there’s anything wrong with wearing fitted clothing, but does media have to give you a green light for everything? Live your life for you.

Have you ever asked yourself, who defines your perspective of “cool?” When you see a commercial on TV advertising some new shoes that aren’t economically friendly, are you interested in the actual design of the shoe or are you more concerned about how you are perceived wearing an expensive brand? It’s just like buying art. People are more than likely to buy a piece of artwork from a well-known artist (even if it’s a picture of rocks being kicked) v.s. the intricate masterpiece of a no named Joe Blow Six-pack. That mentality is poison and you’ll never be at peace within yourself.

Currently, we seek that peace in the wrong places. Did you know that it’s human nature to desire to be a part of something? The sooner you understand that, the faster you can combat it. Do you really want to be out all night drinking with the guys/girls? Who celebrates turning 33 with shots? Is that the only common interest for your circle of friends? You think it makes you cool in their eyes because you’re always “down for whatever?” Now if partying all night floats your boat then by all means have at it. That’s just one example of a situation people put themselves in seeking a social life. Choose to be a part of something positive. Constantly seek to better yourself and your circle.

Life can be discouraging at times. We subconsciously corner our souls until the point where we have to escape by any means necessary. Even to the point of doing things we wouldn’t normally do. Reaching the bottom of a 750ml bottle of Cîroc® could be emotional survival. Same goes for participating in prostitution, drugs and other escapes we’ve created. At times, your reality is your escape. As I stated before, the truth is subjective. Look at all the different religions in the world. In every religion, its followers believe their religion to be solely true. Are you subconsciously a member of a church/organization not knowing it’s really just your desire to be a part of something? It’s past time to wake up from your slumber.

Sometimes we lose focus on the vital things in life and we fall victim to another one of our human nature attributes, the desire to be “desired.” This can cause you to commit yourself to dead end relationships/marriages. It can also destroy what once was a beautiful relationship/marriage. Show your partner an appropriate amount of attention before someone else does. Now outside of human nature, when did it become cool to be a heart-breaker? To deceive people for your own selfish agenda. This goes for both sexes. Guys take care of our women. They’re fragile. Tricks, “go-dig” yourself a career.

Women, one of the biggest issues with today’s time is the lack of self-respect. I love me a good twerking video, but it has to stop. What kind of future do you expect to have with a twerk video online? Imagine you’re trying to land your dream job, they search your name on YouTube and a twerk video comes up. You’ll probably be hired, but for the wrong reason. The most attractive woman in the world is “classy in the streets, and a freak in the sheets.” How can you expect respect from someone else if you don’t respect yourself? Have a standard. For yourself and others around you.

Find your happiness. Not the temporary gratification from substance-less things. The highlight of your day should not be watching “Real Housewives of ___.” Take a break from consulting your many Facebook psychologists. Think on your own for a change. Evaluate your current status and plan for where you want to be. Change your surroundings. Everyone doesn’t have your best interest at heart. Don’t be control or consumed by the media. Form your own opinion based off of your observations. All cops aren’t bad. Every black man sagging his pants isn’t trying to rob your local convenience store. Every conspiracy theory you hear isn’t accurate. Every conspiracy theory you hear isn’t inaccurate. Find your truth, and live it.

Discover Sober Living In Delray To Achieve Sobriety And Success In Your Life

In order to truly overcome your addiction, you need a residential recovery program that will provide you an extraordinary recovery ethic, family oriented settings and an extensive and comprehensive number of resources in their program. To find these services in one place can be difficult, but you can find it very easily when you discover sober living in Delray. Sober Living in Delray is available to anyone who wants to overcome their tragic disease known as addiction, and receive heartfelt, effective and comprehensive treatment to take their lives back. If this sounds like you or someone you know, all you need to do is check out the Internet and find out more about how you, too can enjoy a sober lifestyle once again. It is easy to find a compassionate, effective and comprehensive rehabilitation center, as you are only a few clicks away from discovering sober living once again.

Enjoying your sober living Delray is available regardless of your addiction, whether alcohol, drugs or a combination of both. You will be able to discover a family-home environment that will provide single-family homes, with the opportunity to stay in the provided housing as long as you need to truly overcome your disease of addiction. Taking the opportunity to begin sober living in Delray is extremely easy, but does require a true, heartfelt desire to take your life back. Residents of the sober living community take the programs available very seriously, and this will be a requirement of you as well. These requirements include attending a 12-step meeting every day, acquiring gainful employment, getting a 12-step sponsor, as well as working through the 12-step process for healing. There are a number of meetings available each day, and they are specifically designed to meet your individual needs and ensure your successful recovery.

These meetings can include job, life and emotional healing skills, accountability labs, relapse prevention, recovery basics and more. You’ll always be able to take full advantage of medical and psychiatric counseling, to ensure that your physical, emotional and spiritual needs are met throughout your healing process. Sober living in Delray is available to anyone, from any age group that wishes to regain their life and sustain a new, healthy lifestyle free of drugs and alcohol. You will be able to discover the extensive resources and programs available to you, to ensure that you overcome your disease, regain your life, and become a productive and spectacular individual that you were meant to be. You will be able to discover a variety of addiction and recovery education programs, educational services, peer support and much more. These programs are available for anyone who truly wants to take their life back from addiction, and discover a one-of-a-kind opportunity available to achieve sober living in Delray Beach. you’ll always be able to receive unique, customized and individualized attention, from professional medical, psychiatric and spiritual staff, who will work with you tirelessly through every challenge that you face. When you are ready to discover sober living in Delray once again, you are only a couple of clicks away from becoming the awesome and sober person you were meant to be.

The Art of the French Revolution

The art of pre-revolutionary France was decidedly frivolous in its subject matter and deliciously detailed in style. Paintings were commissioned by the wealthy for their grant chateaus and palaces in delicate pastel colors. This period of art was called “rococo,” from the French decorative term rocaille, and was highly ornamental. Common subjects of rococo art include young lovers, pastoral scenes, outdoor games, and then-fashionable portraits. Cherubs are omnipresent in rococo art, and more often than not are accompanied by scrolls, inexplicable clouds of flower petals, and swathes of fabric. One highly recognizable piece of Rococo art is a painting called The Swing by Jean Honoré-Fragonard. It depicts a woman in a voluminous pink dress enjoying a ride on a swing, while two men look on cheerfully. The subtle sexual undertones of the painting – it’s implied that the woman isn’t wearing undergarments – made the painting a scandalous success when it debuted.

Rococo decorative art was exceptionally elaborate and very expensively made. Rococo pieces are the pride of decorative arts collections in museums worldwide. The palace of Versailles was decorated in the Rococo style. Versailles is ornately detailed, and can best be described as a palace of luxury overload. Floors are made of intricately tiled panels of marble. Mirrors are several feet tall, and many feature intricate cherub sculptures at the corners. Busts of Roman emperors are prominent as the classical period was very fashionable in the eighteenth century. Even sofas, upholstered in finest floral silk are trimmed by gilded wooden sculptures of leaves. Asymmetry was popular in Rococo designs, which meant that the leaves on one side of the sofa were unlikely to mirror exactly the leaves on the other side.

A shift in the political climate meant a shift in aesthetic preference. After the political upheaval of the French Revolution, the lower classes wanted nothing to do with the oppressively wealthy upper classes and their prissy art preference. The levity of Rococo art was abandoned in favor of emotional, intense imagery with a revolutionary energy about it. This period of art was known as Baroque art, from a French word describing irregularly shaped pearls. An easily recognizable piece of Baroque art is the cover of the recent Coldplay album, whatsthepaintingsname. In this painting, a rather disheveled woman is depicted leading fervent troops to battle. Enemy corpses are being trampled upon as the proud woman raises the French flag. This painting contains all the hallmarks of Baroque painting – excitement on a grand emotional level, with violent undertones.

While there certainly was nothing wrong with the art of the Rococo era, the lower classes understandably found fault with the unequal distribution of wealth in French society. Marie Antoinette famously had little regard for the welfare of her subjects. Rococo art represented to the French revolutionaries all that was wrong with French society at the time. It was no wonder then that the Revolutionaries set about hacking to pieces Rococo portraits of nobility as they stormed the estates of Paris.

Fashion Trend Alert: Danskin Leotards

The fashion world is going gaga over Danskin leotard and skin-tight apparel. From leggings to footless tights to skinny jeans, everything, tight is in. Recently, fashion models are walking the runway wearing leotards. A leotard is a skin-tight garment, one-piece that covers the upper torso. It cuts off at the legs. It was originally worn by acrobats, dancers and gymnasts. However, today, it has been making resurgence in the fashion industry.

Most people think that Danskin leotards are a new trend, but the truth is that they have been around for a very long time now. It was first used in the 18th century by French dancers. In the 1920’s and 30’s, the leotard was the inspiration for swimsuits. It influenced bathing suit styles everywhere. It was also then that those who perform in Broadway shows wore leotards. In the 50’s, leotards took a break and were used simply as exercise garments and performance wear for dancers and gymnasts. They were usually paired together with tights for full coverage. However, in the 70’s, leotards played a major role in fashion. Because of disco and aerobics, leotards became very popular. They began to be made in nylon and spandex. Celebrities like Jane Fonda popularized the use of leotards as street wear. It was also then that Danskin flourished as one of the most trusted sellers of leotards.

Today, the queen of reinvention was the first to revive the leotard. Madonna wore violet and purple leotards both onstage and on her videos. Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera soon followed the trend. Beyonce is also a celebrity who uses leotards in her performances. The infamous Lady Gaga also is popular for wearing leotards as every wear, and was quoted saying that it was ‘never too cold to wear a leotard’.

Some people are afraid to wear leotards, because they can be quite hard to pul off. However, there are some ways to make you seem less tacky and classier. The trick to wearing a leotard for street wear is never to go overboard. Stick to something simpler and you can easily pull it off.

You can get a lot of varieties on the leotard. However, you should avoid spandex one which are too dated and not really appropriate for everyday use. Leave those to the dancers and gymnasts. Stick to regular fabric or lace.

You can wear your Danskin leotard with any pair of pants or shorts, but they look best in high waist skirts and high waist pants. In fact, you can wear it with any bottom that you can tuck a shirt into. It provides a cleaner and even sleeker look than regular tucking. Leotards can also work if you wear them under corset tops. If you want an edgy, modern look, you can wear a corset over the leotard. You can also use it with a vest or blazer to update the look, and make it look more comfortable and laid back. There are a lot of fashion options when it comes to leotards.